NABOKV-L post 0026889, Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:39:29 +0200

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Dear List,

Fellini once took a film company to court for defamation. It had
produced an English dubbed version that was an insult to the artistry of
his Italian original. And I vaguely remember reading that Nabokov took
up writing in English because the first English translation of Camera
Obscura was so flawed.

Hugs & kisses,

Tom

On 2016-02-26 00:54, Hen Hanna wrote:

> I'd appreciate help on any of these questions about VN and translation.
>
> 1. Is there an anecdote about VN checking a sample translation
> done by a translator, finding it poor and firing the translator?
> I have not found such an episode in
> [Vladimir Nabokov : The American Years] by Brian Boyd.
>
> 2. Are there similar anecdotes involving other authors?
> I just read one about Alexander Pope, but it is not
> quite what I've been looking for
> (because the translator Pope hired was cheating).
>
> 3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Translation [1]
>>>> Comparison of a back-translation with the original text is
> sometimes used as a check on the accuracy
> of the original translation <<<
>
> This makes sense in theory, but a translation would have to be
> really poor for a back-translation check to be useful.
> Was back-translation actually used by VN or someone else?
>
> Thank you. HH
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[5] http://www.nabokovonline.com
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AdaOnline: "http://www.ada.auckland.ac.nz/
The Nabokov Society of Japan's Annotations to Ada: http://vnjapan.org/main/ada/index.html
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